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'''Aaron Hillel Swartz''' (November 8, 1986January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer, and Internet Hacktivism|hacktivist. He was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, the website framework web.py, and the social news site Reddit, in which he became a partner after its merger with his company, Infogami. Swartz's work also focused on civic awareness and activism. He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about effective internet activism|online activism. In 2010, he became a research fellow at Harvard University's Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig.
Birth nameAaron H. Swartz
Birth date{{birth date|1986|11|8}}
Birth place{{nowrap|Highland Park, Illinois,{{cite web |url=http://patch.com/illinois/evanston/aaron-swartz-remembered-as-internet-activist-who-chanf229b36e26 |title=Aaron Swartz Remembered as Internet Activist who Changed the World |last1=Skaggs |first1=Paula |date=January 16, 2013 |website= |publisher=Patch |access-date= |quote=}} U.S.}}
Death date{{death date and age|2013|01|11|1986|11|8}}
Death place{{nowrap|Brooklyn, New York, U.S.}}
Death causeSuicide by hanging
OccupationSoftware developer, writer, Hacktivism|Internet activist
AwardsAmerican Library Association's James Madison Award ''(posthumously)''
EFF Pioneer Award 2013 ''(posthumously)''
Internet Hall of Fame 2013 ''(posthumously)''
Website[http://www.aaronsw.com/ aaronsw.com]
[http://www.rememberaaronsw.com/ rememberaaronsw.com]
WorkRaw Thought | accessdate = January 16, 2013}}{{cite web | last=Swartz |first=Aaron |url= http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/socfunc | title = Simplistic Sociological Functionalism | work = Raw Thought | date=May 13, 2008 |accessdate= January 16, 2013}} He helped launch the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2009 to learn more about effective internet activism|online activism. In 2010, he became a research fellow at Harvard University's Safra Research Lab on Institutional Corruption, directed by Lawrence Lessig.{{cite web |url=http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/the-daily-need/internet-activist-charged-with-hacking-into-mit-network/ |title=Internet activist charged with hacking into MIT network |first=Bianca |last=Seidman |date=July 22, 2011 |publisher=Public Broadcasting Service |location=Arlington, Va. |quote=[Swartz] was in the middle of a fellowship at Harvard's Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, in its Lab on Institutional Corruption }} He founded the online group Demand Progress, known for its campaign against the Stop Online Piracy Act.
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